As Iowa Looms, The Democratic Primary Gets More Negative

With the Iowa caucus just weeks away, some in the Democratic primary are firing off personal attacks.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1285631

Is Bloomberg really a threat? Seems like a waste of energy to go after Bloomberg but, maybe he’s going to shock the world on Super Tuesday?

They all need to cut this shit out.

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The headline is misleading. I don’t see any of this as negative; just candidates critiquing each other. Negative would be childish name calling, comparing size of genitalia, and outright lying. But who campaigns that way now? :joy_cat:

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You mean “BERNIE GETS MORE NEGATIVE”. Dude is flailing. Has poor second choice support. Has to bring others down to lift himself up so the flurry and blizzard of lies issue forth.

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Stop your bickering and act like grown ups. Please!

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With Sanders in the middle of it, SHOCKING!

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Sanders said that he does believe gender is an obstacle for female candidates.

“But I think everybody has their own sets of problems,” he said.

Is he suggesting that simply being a woman is a “problem”?

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Only 2 of the candidates are getting more negative.

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“But I think everybody has their own sets of problems,” he said. “I’m 78 years of age. That’s a problem. . . . If you’re looking at Buttigieg, he’s a young guy, people will say, ‘well, he’s too young to be President. You look at this one, she’s a woman.’ So everybody, you know, brings some negatives.”

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To be fair, he is suggesting in that statement that it makes it harder to win, which isn’t wrong.

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The Zephyr Teachout article also takes another Biden quote out of context. Shes states:

“At a fundraiser last year, Biden promised his Wall Street donors that “nothing would fundamentally change” for them if he became president.”

What she fails to also say is this quote comes in a conversation of him telling all those in the room that he plans on raising their taxes, and that even with an increased tax burden their quality of life would not meaningfully change.

It’s not an honest op-ed and Zephyr should do better than this.

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“But I think everybody has their own sets of problems,” he said. “I’m 78 years of age. That’s a problem. . . . If you’re looking at Buttigieg, he’s a young guy, people will say, ‘well, he’s too young to be President. You look at this one, she’s a woman.’ So everybody, you know, brings some negatives.”

“Luckily I’m a man and also an immortal, perfect being sent by God himself to save this country, so being 78 actually isn’t a problem at all. Also Elizabeth Warren is overly emotional, and Joe Biden eats babies.”

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Sanders (I) Vermont is always in the middle of it, along with his, uh, well, Uhmmm, ‘following’.

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TR was 42 when he succeeded McKinley.

JFK was 43 when he won election.

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How darE they campaign against the other candidates!

Why, you’d think only one of them could win!

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An article like this can be found anywhere in the mainstream media.

Even the disparaging language – calling candidates who are doing nothing other than campaigning to win “desperate”.

Come on, TPM.

Do better.

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Thank goodness Chuck Grassley is way too perky to ever have a chance at the Presidency

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No, but criticizing billionaires is very on-brand for Sen. Warren.

100% correct.

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You look at this one, she’s a woman.’ So everybody, you know, brings some negatives.”

Just fuck this guy.

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Suggesting that Bill Gates could pay a hell of a lot more taxes than he does now and not suffer any measurable impact to his lifestyle seems pretty uncontroversial. Hell, Bill Gates himself has been saying it for years.

And by “uncontroversial” of course I mean “unsuited to ginning up controversy to attack my rivals”, so that will never do.

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